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January 2010

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The first month of the new year brought a wide range of temperatures that left the citizens of College Station not sure if they should be wearing shorts or a jacket. Temperatures were much below average for the first half of the month and much above average for the second half of the month. The average temperature on the 8th was 25°F below normal, and just 12 days later on the 20th, the average temperature was 19°F above normal. The highest temperature of the month, with a high of 77°F, was on the 22nd. An Arctic blast during the beginning of the month produced a daily high of only 31°F on the 8th, breaking the old record set back in 1988. College Station was no stranger to cold nights this month, including a record low temperature of 18°F set on the 9th, which broke the old record of 29°F set back in 1962. Although there were several cold fronts during January, there was not a significant amount of moisture this month. The monthly total precipitation was nearly 3 inches of rain and 0.38" below normal. On the 28th-29th, 1.71" of rain were recorded, the highest 1-day total for the month. As the month came to a close, temperatures once again dropped well below normal, ushering in a very cold start to February.

  Daily Temperature Daily Precipitation Monthly Temperature Summary
Day Maximum Minimum *Departure Total Mean Value *Departure
1 55°F 33°F ‑6°F   Maximum 58.1°F ‑2.5°F
2 55°F 30°F ‑8°F   Minimum 38.0°F ‑1.8°F
3 44°F 38°F ‑9°F 0.02" Average 48.0°F ‑2.2°F
4 46°F 31°F ‑12°F   Degree Days Total *Departure
5 48°F 25°F ‑14°F   Heating 524 +52
6 53°F 31°F ‑8°F 0.01" Cooling 5 ‑8
7 53°F 27°F ‑10°F 0.04" Numberof Days: Total *Departure
8 31°F 20°F ‑24°F   Maximum ≥ 90°F 0 0
9 42°F 18°F ‑20°F   Maximum ≤ 32°F 1 0
10 46°F 22°F ‑16°F   Minimum ≤ 32°F 12 +1
11 52°F 24°F ‑12°F    
12 64°F 30°F ‑3°F   Monthly Precipitation Summary
13 59°F 35°F ‑3°F T Precipitation Value *Departure
14 61°F 50°F +6°F 0.18" Monthly Total 2.78" ‑0.54"
15 55°F 47°F +1°F 0.45" Year-to-date Total 2.94" ‑0.38"
16 58°F 45°F +2°F 0.43" Days ≥ 0.01" 11 +2
17 63°F 37°F 0°F    
18 71°F 43°F +7°F   Monthly Extremes
19 72°F 60°F +16°F   Extreme Value Date(s)
20 76°F 62°F +19°F 0.05" Highest Temperature 77°F 22nd
21 73°F 50°F +12°F 0.01" Lowest Temperature 18°F 9th
22 77°F 47°F +12°F   Max. 24-hour Precip. 1.71" 28th-29th
23 74°F 55°F +14°F   Maximum Wind Gust 43 mph 24th
24 67°F 41°F +4°F 0.04"  
25 64°F 36°F 0°F   Record Book for January
26 68°F 37°F +2°F   Highest Temperature 86°F 1972
27 68°F 47°F +6°F   Lowest Temperature ‑3°F 1949
28 68°F 58°F +12°F 0.32" Highest Minimum 70°F 1950
29 62°F 35°F ‑2°F 1.39" Lowest Maximum 19°F 1962
30 37°F 32°F ‑16°F   Wettest Month 15.61" 1991
31 39°F 32°F ‑16°F   Driest Month 0.21" 1936
  Wettest 24 Hours 7.13" 1896
"T" indicates daily precipitation ≤ 0.005".
BOLDFACE indicates an extreme daily value for the month.
ITALICS indicates a daily record was set or tied.
*Departure from the 1971‑2000 normal.


*New Records Set
Day Parameter Value Old Record Year
No new records were set or tied in January 2010.
*Near Records
Day Parameter Value Record Year
8th 3rd lowest maximum temperature 31°F -999°F 1910
9th 2nd lowest minimum temperature 18°F -999°F 1910
*NOTE: Records from 1910 through July 1951 are based on observations taken at the Texas Agricultural
Experiment Station main farm located 7 miles SW of College Station. Records from August 1951 through
the present are based on observations taken at Easterwood Field.


February Normals for College Station
Beginning of the month: 63°F/42°F Monthly precipitation: 2.38"
Middle of the month: 66°F/43°F Precipitation days: 8
End of the month: 69°F/47°F Days ≤ 32°F:  6